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Sarah Nesbitt: Making Sense of What We Have

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 13th 6 – 8 pm | Artist Talk 7 pm

Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, is pleased to present our 2017 Open Exhibition recipient: Sarah Nesbitt.

Nesbitt will be showing her exhibition Making Sense of What We Have, wherein she aims create awareness to the shortcomings of history “so we can look at history not as static stories of previous lives, but our efforts to get closer to an accurate portrayal of our past.”

Nesbitt’s exhibition proposal was selected out of over 100 applicants across the globe. The jurors for this exhibition were: Jeremy Flick, Sheldon Scott, and Marta Staudinger.

Image Credit: Sarah Nesbitt, Losing the Collection, Pigmented Inkjet Print, Inventory Tags, String, Tableau that occupies 18″x 72″ & 12″ from the wall

Second Thursday Art Night

Enjoy an special after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center every month. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!

Glitch: An Exploration of Digital Media

Reception: Thursday, June 8 | 6 – 8 pm | Juror Talk 7 pm 

Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents Glitch: An Exploration of Digital Media, an exhibition that explores emerging technological and interactive media in art. This exhibition will highlight new media art such as digital, 3-D printed, website, glitch/gif, and video art. The juror for this exhibition was Adriel Luis.

We are pleased to announce the following participating artists:

Jill Burks, Cambridge, NY
Eric Corriel, Brooklyn, NY
Sasha de Koninck, Santa Monica, CA
Alexis Gomez, Dumfries, VA
Ed Grant, Brooklyn, NY
Maxim Leyzerovich, Washington, D.C.
Tracy Miller-Robbins, Westerville, OH
John Mosher, Salisbury, MD
Zach Nagle, Minneapolis, MN
Lyric Prince, Arlington, VA 
Kaylah Waite, Hyattsville, MD 

 

Image: Zach Nagle, Glamour #2, 2015, Mixed Media/Print
Video: Sasha de Koninck, Zeroes and Ones: Exercises in Translation, 2015, Interactive Jacquard Weaving 

Mel Chin: Fundred Dollar Bill Project

Activating across the U.S. for nearly a decade, the Fundred Dollar Bill Project will be in residence at the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s New Project Studio (Studio 8) through June 30. Fundred will be workshoping new ideas and strategies to help end childhood lead poisoning. Visitors will be invited to learn about the project, share their thoughts, and create their own unique Fundred, a currency of imagination.

Hear Fundred founder Mel Chin talk about how the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina inspired this project and how it has evolved over the last 11 years. Co-producer and artist Maps Glover also performs. The New Project Studio will be open late for guests to make their own Fundred Dollar Bills.

To date, they’ve gathered more than 450,000 hand-drawn $100 bills from across the country, educating people about the dangers of lead poisoning, particularly in children. The interactive presentation seeks to engage teachers, parents, students, politicians, health and housing agencies, and community members to know that anyone who donates their individual expressions in this collective effort can take steps against the lead poisoning of children.

Teachers, access the resource guide to create bills with students.

This event is Free to the public, but RSVP is recommended to reserve a seat.

About the Fundred Dollar Bill Project

A Fundred is an individual’s drawing in the form of currency. It represents the value of a person’s expression against the invisible threat of lead poisoning that undermines health, intelligence, and behavior, particularly in children. The Fundred Dollar Bill Project was initiated to offer the population most affected, the young, a means to respond. This purposeful collection has grown into a massive reserve of individual drawings inspired by a single focus. As of May 2017, there are 453,168 unique, hand-made Fundred drawings.

For more information, visit fundred.org or follow the Torpedo Factory on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Veterans Comedy Show with Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP)

The Torpedo Factory Art Center welcomes back Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) to host a special comedy show featuring veterans, service members, and military family members from the DC Metro Area. The event will provide a platform for veteran artists to showcase their talents, express themselves, and have their voices heard in front of members of the local community. This is an opportunity for the civilian and military world to connect through comedy, dispel stereotypes and misnomers, and engage in an honest dialogue about the veteran, military, and human experience.

Tickets: General admission tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door. Eighty percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will directly support ASAP’s programming.

Doors open 7:30PM, show starts 8PM

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logoAbout the Armed Services Arts Partnership: The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) helps veterans, service members, and military families reintegrate into their communities through the arts. ASAP promotes expression, skill-building, and camaraderie through seven- to ten-week classes in stand-up comedy, improv, storytelling, and creative writing. ASAP then partners with local colleges, arts organizations, and performance venues to offer its graduates continuous opportunities for artistic and personal growth. In the process, ASAP provides participants with transferable life skills, a renewed sense of purpose, and healing benefits, and strengthens ties between veterans and their communities through the arts. To learn more visit asapasap.org.  To learn more visit asapasap.org.

About the Torpedo Factory’s Community Partnership Program: The Torpedo Factory Art Center regularly co-presents programs with outside groups to bring new artists, works, and disciplines to our visitors. Recent partnerships have included Eames Armstrong, Heloisa Escudero, ReelAbilities Film Festival, AIA Northern Virginia, USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, Nomadic Jazz, DC Public Opera, Underground Kitchen, Alexandria Choral Society, and Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

The 3D Art of NASA

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH and the Torpedo Factory Art Center present Joey Ponthieux, Emmy-award-winning 3D-animator and concept-visualization artist at NASA. Ponthieux will delve into where, and how, art and science intersect as well as what it means to be an artist or a scientist. He will explore the fine line that separates art and science, how we perceive this separation, issues of convergence between art and science, and convergence as a matter of creativity.
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About ACM SIGGRAPH Washington DC

Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH is a non-profit, professional computer graphics organization serving the Washington metropolitan area. Our mission is to foster the synthesis of art and technology while promoting and educating the computer graphics and interactive media community through the exchange of printed and electronic information and innovative ideas. We are a volunteer organization that relies on its members to provide unique resources for the benefit of those interested in the field of computer graphics and interactive media and techniques.


About Joey Ponthieux

Joey Ponthieux is a professional 3D animator and concept visualization artist. With a career that began in analog graphics production for offset lithography, he is an EMMY award winning artist with 30 years of CGI production experience in the areas of Higher Education, Broadcast News, and Aerospace Research. He is currently employed by Science Systems and Applications Inc., and assigned to provide advanced computer graphics support for the Aeronautics Research Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center.


About the Torpedo Factory’s Community Partnership Program: The Torpedo Factory Art Center regularly co-presents programs with outside groups to bring new artists, works, and disciplines to our visitors. Recent partnerships have included Eames Armstrong, Heloisa Escudero, ReelAbilities Film Festival, AIA Northern Virginia, USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, Nomadic Jazz, DC Public Opera, Underground Kitchen, Alexandria Choral Society, and Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.


Contact ACM SIGGRAPH Washington DC:
http://washington-dc.siggraph.org/
https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dc-siggraph

Emmy is a formal trademark of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (“NATAS”)

Ephemera: Artist Panel

 

Join Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, for an artist panel featuring seven participating artists from our current exhibition Ephemera. During the panel, we will be discussing the artist’s inspiration, process, and how their work relates to the ‘ephemeral’ by contemplating themes of nature, time, memory, and brevity.

Participating Artists Include:

Madison Bolls
Anne Cherubim
Kelly Johnston
Bryanna Millis
Caroline Minchew
Gretchen Schermerhorn
Lilach Schrag

 

Image Credit: Bryanna Millis, Your Prisons, Your Mountains, 2015, photo, ink, and metallic thread on muslin

Second Thursday Art Night

In May, we celebrate the theme “Everyone Has a Story”. This month’s line-up features a talk for Ephemera in the main hall outside of Target Gallery, a DIY project with the Artist Association on the 3rd floor, and a solo artist reception for Lesa Cook in The Art League. Stop by the Post Graduate Studio to meet with current MFA grad Samantha Sethi. Meet George Washington University’s Art Therapy 2017 graduating class and take part in a creative storytelling workshop. Explore the Fundred Dollar Bill Project as they bring their ongoing project to the New Project Studio. Meet your local Alexandria Library and hear about their Alexandra Reads project. Welcome Story District, the critically-acclaimed DC storytelling program, to Northern Virginia in anticipation of their first-ever Virginia event here at the Torpedo Factory on June 23.  Visit our friends in the Alexandria Archaeology Museum all night as they share stories about artifacts from Alexandria’s past. As always, EatsPlace has the beer and victuals.

 

ALL EVENING

 

  • 6-9pm: Post-Grad Residency – Studio 12
    Take part in a hands-on project with Samantha Sethi, the Spring 2017 Post-Grad Resident, and hear about her upcoming projects throughout the DC area.
  • 7 pm: The Art League – Studio 21
    Reception for solo artist Lesa Cook: Gods, Heroes, and Fools
  • 7:30 pm: Target Gallery – North Hall (near Spiral Staircase)
    Artist panel for Ephemera, an exhibition in Target Gallery contemplating themes of nature, time, memory, and brevity. Several participating artists will discuss the process behind their works and answer questions.
  • 6-9pm: Torpedo Factory Artists Association – 3rd floor landing
    Join members of the Artist Association as they partner with WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist Association) to make sculptures out of bike parts.

 

EVERYONE HAS A STORY

  • “Everyone Has a Story: Creative Workshop”
    GWU (George Washington University) Art Therapy Students Association – Main Hall
    Over the past year, the graduating class of GWU’s Art Therapy program developed a series of art workshops and conversations focused on exploring identity and diversity. Join these talented students as they reach the culmination of their year with a special workshop at Torpedo Factory Art Center.
  • The Fundred Dollar Bill Project
    New Project Studio – Studio 8
    In celebration of the Corcoran Gallery’s extension of Mel Chin’s Fundred Dollar Bill Project, the New Project Studio welcomes this one-of-a-kind art project for the month of May. Experience the wonder of this unique art piece dedicated to raising awareness of lead poisoning among children. Create a Fundred Dollar Bill of your own. Come back on Thursday May 25 for a special reception and conversation in the Main Hall with artist/creator Mel Chin and the Fundred Dollar Bill Project team.
  • “Books and Beyond: Find Your Story”
    Alexandria Library – Second Floor Mezzanine
    The Alexandria Library is dedicated to building community by providing opportunities to learn, explore, create and connect throughout our neighborhoods. Stop by their table tonight to hear about their upcoming events, including All Alexandria Reads, in partnership with our Second Thursday event.
  • Story District at the Torpedo Factory
    South Hall
    Welcome Story District for a special pop-up project in preparation for their first-ever Virginia event on June 23 here at the Torpedo Factory. Called the “gold standard in storytelling” by The Washington Post and nominated for the 2012 and 2016 DC Mayor’s Arts Awards, Story District is widely known in the region for showcasing storytelling at its best.  Story District promotes excellence and cultivates new talent in storytelling in the Washington, DC, area through its live performances, coaching, classes, and ongoing support of storytellers. By showcasing diverse perspectives and life experiences, our stories entertain, enrich an understanding of the world, promote compassion, and highlight our shared humanity.
  • “Alexandria Speaks”
    Alexandria Archaeology Museum – Studio 327
    Artifacts can tell a story about what life was like in Alexandria long ago. Write your own histories of artifacts on display before returning to the present to watch oral history interviews of current Alexandria residents from the Immigrant Alexandria Project.

 

Refreshments
EatsPlace Café & Marketplace
Enjoy wine, beer, sweets, and hot sandwiches from EatsPlace. Try out the famous Bronut (Brownie/Donut) as featured in the Washington Post.
Next Month

Thursday, June 8: Pride & Joy

Fundred Dollar Bill Project

Activating across the U.S. for nearly a decade, the Fundred Dollar Bill Project will be in residence at the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s New Project Studio (Studio 8) through June 30. Fundred will be workshoping new ideas and strategies to help end childhood lead poisoning. Visitors will be invited to learn about the project, share their thoughts, and create their own unique Fundred, a currency of imagination.

Started by artist Mel Chin, the Fundred team has been engaging in a national effort to represent the people against lead toxicity in the environment. They’ve gathered more than 450,000 hand-drawn $100 bills from across the country, educating people about the dangers of lead poisoning, particularly in children. The interactive presentation seeks to engage teachers, parents, students, politicians, health and housing agencies, and community members to know that anyone who donates their individual expressions in this collective effort can take steps against the lead poisoning of children.

Since 2006, Fundred has evolved into a national collective project between Mel Chin Studio, MIT Co-Lab, several universities, museums, nonprofits, lead-poisoning prevention organizations and thousands of schools throughout the U.S. The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University hosted the project headquarters in 2016/2017, as engagement campaigns develop in Washington, D.C., and Flint, MI.

Teachers, access the resource guide to create bills with students.

Public Reception
Thursday, May 25 @ 7 pm

Hear Fundred founder Mel Chin talk about how the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina inspired this project and how it has evolved over the last 11 years. Co-producer and artist Maps Glover also performs. The New Project Studio will be open late for guests to make their own Fundred Dollar Bills.

 About the Fundred Dollar Bill Project

A Fundred is an individual’s drawing in the form of currency. It represents the value of a person’s expression against the invisible threat of lead poisoning that undermines health, intelligence, and behavior, particularly in children. The Fundred Dollar Bill Project was initiated to offer the population most affected, the young, a means to respond. This purposeful collection has grown into a massive reserve of individual drawings inspired by a single focus. As of May 2017, there are 453,168 unique, hand-made Fundred drawings.

For more information, visit fundred.org or follow the Torpedo Factory on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Meet the Team

Every single Fundred artist is part of the Fundred Network.

Mel Chin, Founding Artist & Director

Amanda Wiles, National Coordinator

Pat Clifford, LSW, MIT CoLab Fundred Project Coordinator

Dawne Langford, DC Production Coordinator 

Amy Hughes Braden, DC Engagement Coordinator

Elijah Williamson, DC Designer & Production

Maps Glover, DC Fundred Fun Coordinator

Friends Mentorship Program

Visit the New Project Studio from April 17-May 1 for a special two-week exhibition of works created by high school art students during their mentorship with professional artists from the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

The Friends of the Torpedo Factory Mentorship Program gives a selection of high school art students the opportunity to be mentored by a professional Torpedo Factory artist. The mentors answer the students’ questions on all that is involved in being a professional artist: education, finding and maintaining a studio, and marketing your artwork. They also give advice and consultation on the students’ artwork. At the end of the program, there is an exhibit of the students’ artwork in the Torpedo Factory and a reception.

This unique experience can help a student decide if they want to go on to study art in college and pursue a career in art, and provide a valuable addition to their college application.


Reception
Sunday, April 23
2pm-4pm

Parents, teachers, and art enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by the New Project Studio for refreshments and talks with mentors and students.